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The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology kicks off its 21st annual meeting on May 19th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Highlights of the four-day forum that runs through May 23rd will include more than 75 original scientific papers, posters and demonstrations on computer applications in radiology, including image processing, PACS implementation and speech recognition technology.

This year's keynote address will come from Leo Black, MD, retired CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Black spent 34 years at Mayo and became CEO in 1990. Through his efforts and initiatives, Mayo today is a paperless and filmless outpatient practice. His presentation will discuss using IT to automate medical practice, outline methods to reduce expenses and improve patient care, and look at future change in medical practice. The keynote address is scheduled for May 20 at 8 a.m.


SCAR opens on May 19th with its PACS Administrators Overview Course. The day-long event - which includes an overview of PACS administration, how to get ready for PACS, a look at PACS architecture and understanding workflow - has a registration fee of $200, which includes meals and course syllabus. On hand will be George H. Bowers, associate with Health Care Information Consultants LLC, and Paul G. Nagy, PhD, director of radiology informatics laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

SCAR also has four days of Special Sessions scheduled throughout the annual meeting. Each session lasts approximately two hours and is scheduled throughout the day so they do not overlap.

On May 20, SCAR will offer Special Sessions on PDAs (personal digital assistants), the SCAR Expert Hotline and Online Archive, and Addressing the Coming Radiology Crisis: Current Status of the SCAR TRIP (Transforming the Radiological Interpretation Process) Initiative.

On May 21, the Sessions will cover PACS in the Community Setting, Optimizing the Man/Machine Interface, and What Engineers and IT Professionals Need to Know about Radiology. Three more sessions are set for May 22 - Enterprise Image Management - PACS Beyond Radiology; the CR-DR Debate; and The Web Warrior's Workshop.

The rest of the agenda includes introductory and senior-level courses, scientific sessions, roundtable discussions, hospital tours and vendor presentations.


Pre-conference session
Wednesday, May 19 PACS Administration
Overview Course 9:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Hyatt Regency Hotel Regency C &D Ballroom

Registration hours

  • Wednesday, May 19 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 20 6:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Friday, May 21 7:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 22 7:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 23 7:00 am-9:00 am

Exhibit hall hours

  • Thursday, May 20 (Opening Reception Exhibit Hall) 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
  • Friday, May 21 9:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 22 9:30 am-5:00 pm


The SCAR 2004 exhibit hall will be filled with more than 100 vendors, with wares ranging from imaging devices to full-scale PAC systems to componentry that make up a PACS, such as monitors and archives.

Medical and technical furniture maker AFC Industries Inc. (College Point, N.Y.) is introducing its new height-adjustable MaxFlex Series at SCAR. The furniture's work surface height adjusts at the touch of a button to accommodate individual users.

The series includes a range of single-tier carts - rectangular, corner and bean-shaped - dual-tier carts, telescopic carts and workstations. All items are available with a full range of shelves, keyboard trays, storage compartments and other accessories.

Codonics is showing its newest dry medical imager, touting Horizon's capabilities as a film imager, color imager and grayscale paper printer. Horizon outputs diagnostic-quality images on 14-in. by 17-in. and 8-in. by 10-in. film, in both blue and clear base. It also prints color and grayscale images on paper in a variety of sizes.

The mobile Horizon occupies just two feet of desk space and weighs 70 pounds. It also holds three input cassette trays that accommodate 300 sheets of dry film or color paper in any combination of sizes.

Data Ray Corp. is unveiling its AD Cal 11 at SCAR 2004. AD Cal 11 offers a three mega-pixel LCD flat-panel with self-calibration and more than 7,000 shades of gray. The stand-alone self-calibration sets the luminance and configures the panel for DICOM, CIE, HL7 and other standards. The calibration is independent from the operating system and does not require a computer